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GRANd PRIX MAtt GReveRs For more information from the Grand Prix series, including news, results and an up-to-date leader board, go to usaswimming.org/grandprix. TOTALLy COMMITTEd by emily sampl ith less than four months remaining until the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, the Austin and Missouri stops of USA Swimming’s Grand Prix series marked another chance for swimmers to get some quality long course racing in before this summer. The first two major meets of the Olympic year did not disappoint, with plenty of fast in-season times and the major headliner—the engagement of National Team members Annie Chandler and Matt Grevers. Though many of the top contenders to make the Olympic Team this summer opted to compete in only one of the two meets, several multi-event winners emerged. Amanda Weir, a 2004 Olympian who currently trains at SwimAtlanta, was the big winner at the two meets, picking up a total of four individual victories. In Austin, she MAtt GReveRs & AnnIe CHAnDLeR W captured wins in the 50 free (25.23) and 100 free (54.14) before defending her titles in both events a month later in Missouri, although with slightly slower times of 25.44 and 54.41. Cal’s Nathan Adrian also had a strong showing in the sprint freestyle events in Austin. He rocketed to a time of 21.94 in the 50, nearly matching his time of 21.93 from the 2011 FINA World Championships. Adrian added a second win in the 100 with a solid in-season swim of 48.97. The men’s and women’s breaststroke events in Austin were dominated by two of the best breaststrokers in the United States, Eric Shanteau and Rebecca Soni. Soni swept the 100 (1:06.88) and 200 (2:22.73) while Shanteau earned the win in his specialty, the 200, in 2:10.72. In Missouri, Shanteau shaved .25 off his time, setting a meet record in 2:10.47. Olympic medalist Allison Schmitt made some noise in Texas with three outstanding swims in the mid-distance and distance freestyle events. She posted times of 1:55.83, 4:05.90 and 8:31.94 to grab the trifecta. Schmitt’s time in the 200 was less than a second off her own American record set at the 2009 FINA World Championships. Although she did not win or even make the A final in any of her events in Austin, three-time Olympian Janet Evans certainly made some noise in the 400 and 800 free. Evans posted times of 4:17.12 and 8:49.05, respectively, to qualify for Olympic Trials in both events. Evans, who still holds the American record in the 800, started competing again last June and has now officially punched her ticket to Omaha. The breakout performer of the Austin Grand Prix had to be Texas A&M’s Cammile Adams. In the midst of heavy training, Adams posted two personal bests in two of the toughest events on the schedule, the 400 IM and 200 fly. First, she outdueled Katie Hoff in the 400 IM, winning in 4:38.80. Then she used an explosive back half to win the 200 fly in 2:06.76, nearly four seconds under her previous best. Both times put her right in the mix to make the Olympic team in June. Two swimmers with definite medal hopes in London, Missy Franklin and Michael Phelps, each won multiple events in Austin as well. Phelps picked up three wins in the 100 fly (52.41), 200 IM (1:58.52) and 400 IM (4:16.95), while Franklin swept the backstroke events in 59.92 and 2:08.18. Despite some great swimming over the course of the two meets, the most memorable moment did not even occur in the pool. Following his win in the 100 back, 2008 Olympic gold medalist Matt Grevers proposed to Annie Chandler atop the podium. It had to have been the icing on the cake for Grevers, who also won the 100 back (53.55) and 200 back (1:57.76) in Austin. The Grand Prix series resumes March 9-11 in Columbus, Ohio. STANDINGS KeVIN C. Cox/Getty IMaGes rUsseLL MarK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 MICHAEL PHELPS MISSY FRANKLIN ALLISON SCHMITT AMANDA WEIR KATIE HOFF REBECCA SONI MATT GREVERS FRED BOUSQUET MICHAEL KLUEH FOUR OTHERS TIED 8 5 5 4 2 3 3 1 1 0 3 2 0 2 1 0 3 2 1 1 2 1 2 0 1 0 1 41 35 33 21 18 18 16 14 12 11 usaswimming.org 17 http://www.usaswimming.org/grandprix http://www.usaswimming.org/grandprix http://www.usaswimming.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Splash - March/April 2012

Splash - March/april 2012
Mike Gustafson
Swim Briefs/Justin Case
Top Ten Tweets/Point-Counterpoint
Strength & Conditioning
Mental Tips
Grand Prix Update
Training With
Keys to Success
Club Excellence Profile
Athletic Foodie
Your Photo
Trials Pool Finds a Home
Ah, the Memories!
NCAA Championship Preview
College Swimming Dynasties
No Cow, No Cream
Top 10 List - LCM
Getting to Know
Swim Nut Zeke
A Swimmer You May Know
Eight Songs/best Race Ever
Plugged In
America’s Swim Team Athletes

Splash - March/April 2012